Friday, June 23, 2017

Important! The WaPo Report on Russian Interference

Here is the report everyone is talking about today. Rarely do I post an article before reading and fully digesting it myself, but this is different. Based on sources deep inside the Russian government, this report validates what we suspected knew all along: that Putin directed these initiatives and that the target, specifically, was Hillary Clinton. So, without having read more than a few paragraphs, I am posting it here to provide immediate circulation. It is long. It is important.

Hacking Democracy

Timeline (Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images; photo illustration by Nick Kirkpatrick/The Washington Post)[/caption]Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.
The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.
Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
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It is also important that we thank the Washington Post team for their dogged pursuit of the truth. We have seen in the past as we see today that persistent investigative reporting is essential to keeping the government on task.  The task is uncovering the truth. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stupid Power: Deconstructing the State Department

For the first OAS General Assembly of his tenure at the State Department, Rex Tillerson is sending a surrogate.





Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan delivers remarks at the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Cancun, Mexico, on June 20, 2017.

Today, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led the U.S. delegation at the 47th Regular Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico.
In his remarks to 33 heads of delegation from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, Deputy Secretary Sullivan outlined U.S. goals for engagement in the Americas for mutual security and shared prosperity, the principles and values we share with fellow OAS member states, and our support for collective OAS action when these principles and values are threatened, such as in Venezuela.
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It is not the first time that Tillerson has taken a back seat, and we can wager it will not be the last. Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, often emphasized the importance of face-to-face meetings. It is no secret that the Trump administration plans to pare down the state department and de-emphasize diplomacy in general, but this kind of abdication of presence comes as a shock nevertheless.
Multinational summits and assemblies are prime ground for networking among peers. For Tillerson to turn his back on 33 counterparts from our backyard smacks of lunkheaded isolationism on our part as a nation and betrays a dangerous consolidation of power and authority at the top.
Foreign ministers and secretaries of state knew, when they met with Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, that major concerns voiced to them would be passed on to the president. Depriving these officials of the opportunity to meet with Tillerson eliminates an important conduit.
Hillary Clinton's first appearance at an OAS GA coincided with a push on that body's part to readmit Cuba which Hillary opposed without strict conditions on human rights reform. She also, everywhere she went, made a point of meeting not only with officials but also with civic leaders and organizations.
You can read about some of her Latin American diplomacy here.
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US Secretary of State Clinton shakes hands with Mexican Foreign Secretary Espinosa after a news conference at the foreign ministry in Mexico City
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This was "smart power," as Hillary dubbed it. At summits and assemblies, the presence of the top official is key. Seems now we are reverting to a counter-productive foreign policy.  All power is consolidated in the man at the top and excludes his official top diplomat. This is the Trump Doctrine: Stupid Power.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

An Interview with Hillary Clinton: 10 years Ago

This blog turned nine years old this month. On Sunday, Salon re-published an interview with Hillary Clinton from 10 years ago. It has never been posted here before and makes for some very interesting reading!


Hillary Clinton was interviewed over the telephone by Salon [on June 14, 2007] before she flew to New Hampshire.

The first time I interviewed you was in the governor’s mansion in Little Rock in 1992. So I was tempted to ask: Anything happen in your life since then?
Oh, I don’t know. What’s new with you?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Clintons See 'Come From Away' - Audience Cheers 'Hillary!'






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If you’ve seen a Broadway show in the last six months or so, there’s a significant chance you saw a surprise double bill: the play or musical you paid for and a celebrity cameo by Hillary Clinton, smiling politely as the audience gave her another standing ovation. On Thursday, the former Democratic nominee, her husband Bill, and her daughter Chelsea attended a performance of Come From Away, a musical about the roughly 7,000 air travelers grounded in Gander, Newfoundland, after planes were rerouted following the aerial attacks on 9/11. Christopher Ashley took home a Tony for Best Direction for the production earlier this month.
The musical’s co-writer David Hein later praised the Clintons, who posed for photos with the cast, on Facebook. Hein wrote in part, “So many lines in the show resonated differently — especially the scene where passengers try to vote for a different destination and are told, “this is not a democracy.” Afterwards onstage, they were so gracious, taking pictures and speaking to each of us. President Clinton told Caesar one of his 9/11 stories, when he met a Muslim man who was afraid his countrymen would never trust him again. We and Sharon got to introduce our daughters to Chelsea. And Hilary told us, ‘this is a show that the world needs now.’ So honoured to have this story of Newfoundland kindness recognized and celebrated by them.”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Statement from President Clinton on the Passing of Helmut Kohl

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Statement from President Clinton on the Passing of Helmut Kohl
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend, Helmut Kohl, whose visionary leadership prepared Germany and all of Europe for the 21st century.

He was called upon to answer some of the most monumental questions of his time, and in answering them correctly he made possible the reunification of a strong, prosperous Germany and the creation of the European Union. I will never forget walking with him through the Brandenburg Gate in 1994 for a large rally on the eastern side, and seeing genuine hope in the eyes of tens of thousands of young people. I knew at that moment that Helmut Kohl was the man who could help them realize their dreams. History continues to prove that he delivered.

As the world remembers a leader who was strong in more than stature, Hillary and I send our thoughts and prayers to Maike, Helmut's sons, Walter and Peter, and the people of Germany.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Video Appearance at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards



"Something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley," she said in the 95-second video.
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Even Hillary Clinton is down to see Wonder Woman, and it just might have something to do with President Donald Trump. 



No, Hillary Clinton hasn't seen Wonder Woman — yet. Clinton appeared in a surprise taped message at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 13, and in a brief speech honoring actor and director Elizabeth Banks, she made a pointed, crowd-pleasing nod to both the pop-culture phenomenon and Donald Trump's presidency.Clinton admitted she hasn't yet gotten a chance to see the new female-driven blockbuster, but told the audience: "I'm going to, in part because it's directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins." She then went on to draw a subtly sly comparison between the Amazonian superhero's storyline and her own role in the 2016 presidential election. "Something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster," Clinton teased, "is right up my alley." The quip drew a roar of laughter and applause from the crowd gathered in Beverly Hills for the ceremony.
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BEVERLY HILLS, California — Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris made surprise appearances at Women in Film’s awards ceremony with special videos, while veteran newsman Dan Rather called the group’s work toward gender parity in entertainment an example of “basic American decency, tolerance and generosity.”
Comedian Jessica Williams hosted the unexpectedly patriotic Crystal + Lucy Awards Tuesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where F-bombs flew freely and “Wonder Woman” earned applause anytime it was mentioned.
Clinton said she hadn’t seen “Wonder Woman” yet, but planned to: “Something tells me that a movie about a strong powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley,” she said before introducing Crystal Award-winner Elizabeth Banks.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Hillary Clinton Endorses Rodham Rye

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Hillary Clinton brings home some ‘Rodham Rye’




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Former Democatic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Sunday said she brought home a bottle of the "Rodham Rye" whiskey that was named for her in the wake of the election.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hillary Clinton at Medgar Evers College Commencement

Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address today at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York which awarded her an honorary Doctor of Letters.

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Hillary Clinton at the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards

Hillary Clinton was honored Wednesday evening at the 2017 Stephan Weiss Apple Awards in New York City.

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Sorry I cannot provide more. Dead laptop and working with a terminally ill netbook. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hillary Clinton Joins Elijah Cummings at Youth Program Fundraiser

Hillary Clinton was the guest of honor and the keynote speaker last night at a Baltimore fundraiser for a youth program sponsored by Elijah Cummings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Hillary Clinton says now is the time to embrace the spirit of unity, referencing a terror attack in London.
The former Democratic presidential candidate spoke Monday evening at a Baltimore fundraiser on behalf of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program.
The program is a joint effort between the Maryland congressman and the Baltimore Jewish Council that pays for high school students to study in Israel.
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Hillary Clinton gives keynote address at Baltimore event

Fundraiser helped raise money for Rep. Cummings' Youth Program in Israel
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the special guest at a fundraiser Monday in Fells Point.
The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee was the keynote speaker for at the event to raise funds for Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Youth Program in Israel.
The student program aims to build bonds between the African-American and Jewish communities through leadership training and community service.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Hillary Clinton at Book Expo

It was not the Javits Center event we had planned for Hillary Clinton, but seven months after a sad night under that glass ceiling, Hillary Clinton finally did make her entrance and was cheerful, open, and honest.

She was interviewed by Cheryl Strayed who wrote (and experienced) Wild and said she's been reading mysteries. She mentioned Louise Penny. I went through every Louise Penny book this year as an escape from the political news. I recommend her books! Very educational about Canada for Americans who might not know a lot of Canadian history and a nice, warm, small-town set of stock characters with whom you become friends.

What Is Hillary Clinton Doing Now? Writing a New Book, Reading Mysteries and Resisting Donald Trump

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump last November, she found solace in an unusual place: murder mysteries. As Trump was celebrating his victory and selecting his cabinet, she was diving into works by authors like Louise Penny, Jacqueline Winspear and Donna Leon.
The reason, she said, was simple: "It was very comforting because it"—solving the murder—"was somebody else's problem."
Touching on everything from those fictional crimes to chardonnay, Clinton spoke Thursday night to a packed house at Book Expo, a publishing industry event hosted by ReedPOP in New York City. The event took place in the Javits Center, the location for what was supposed to be her victory party on Nov. 8.
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